Geopolitical Weekly

China and North Korea: A Tangled Partnership

China needs a buffer zone it can control in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, but it has no special attachment to the current regime in Pyongyang.

Hellfire, Morality and Strategy

The effectiveness of airstrikes by unmanned aerial vehicles is both an advantage and a drawback.


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